Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Magic of Red Priming

I often prime the surface with a tint of an iron red before heading out to paint in opaque gouache, acrylic, or oil.

Red priming gets mostly covered up by opaques, but it gives a zesty contrast to the greens and blues.



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PRIMING COLORS

2 comments:

Jessie Thompson said...

Can I use SpectraFix Fixative (workable) over a watercolor primer, then sketch with watercolor and gouache over it? Thanks.

James Gurney said...

Try it and see. The thing to watch for is whether the upper layers will properly adhere and whether they bead up, rather than getting good adhesion.